I did find the wheel of my dreams, but didn't purchase it (a Lendrum black walnut Saxony, for those who are interested). I tried out lots of other wheels too -- mostly because Theresa was looking for a wheel and since she was pulling them all out I had to give them a try too; and I have to say it was a lot of fun. The only wheel I had ever spun on was my Ashford Joy which I purchased through the mail having never spun on a wheel in my life - *gasp*!!
Oh yeah. . . I was going to tell you about the Wensleydale, wasn't I? Well, there wasn't a single solitary skein of Socks that Rock in the entire shop -- can you believe it? I think we hit it right in between the old put up and the new, so maybe that's the problem. I didn't walk away without anything from Blue Moon though! See that gorgeous fiber up top? That's some Wensleydale (so I finally get to the Wensleydale. . . ) in the "Flintstone" colorway. Now I'm very impatient and today I already tore a chunk off and spun it up on the Joy, made a center pull ball and two plied it. Here's the results. . .
The Wensleydale is a handsome sheep with long, lustrous locks. Unlike a BFL or Merino, the wool isn't really all that springy. I would describe it more as a drapey wool and I believe it is used in weaving quite a bit although I saw on some site that it makes lovely, durable socks. Hmmmm. . . .
It was very nice to spin up and reminded me a bit of my experience with Romney, although the Wensleydale is much finer and quite softer. I haven't given my little sample skein it's bath yet, but I'm hoping it will soften up even more with a good washing.
Other goodies were purchased, including some things that should help me to get my loom up and running. My last attempt at weaving was somewhat of a disaster, but I am now armed with Learning to Weave and a woven scarf kit from Blue Moon. I was up late last night reading all about warping the loom -- how exciting!
Guess I better run because I had a bit of BFL on a spool that I quickly plied before spinning up the Wensleydale and I figured, why set the twist when you can set the twist and kool-aid dye at the same time? Well, I just remembered that I threw the skein in a pyrex measuring cup with a couple packets of kool-aid & some hot water about 3 hours ago. Must go see what it looks like!
** Update ** Well, I checked out the kool-aid dyed mini skein of BFL and it's kinda dark pink and very fruity smelling despite *many* rinsings -- some which included soap. The "dye bath" was a super dark red and this is all I get? And every rinsing brings me more bleeding. I tried kool-aid dyeing once before with equally sketchy results. Think I'll stick to the lanaset dyes in the future.